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Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton's chances.
"It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia's goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected," said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators.
"That's the consensus view."The hacked emails referenced are those which were sent through the private server which Hillary Clinton had installed in her Chappaqua, NY home when she was Secretary of State. That server was left unsecured so that anyone could access all information coming through it, including dozens, hundreds, thousands of emails containing classified information which agents foreign and domestic could get ahold of—including agents of Russian origin.
And those agents could and probably did what they wanted with the information in those emails.
That was what the uproar was about in the first place. Oh, yes and the fact that Clinton destroyed or wiped the devices with the email files.
FBI director James Comey even said that she was guilty of mishandling classified information and of destroying the evidence.
That foreign agents could take the info and do whatever they wanted with it is the whole reason that mishandling classified info is a crime and is punished so seriously—if the mishandler is not Hillary Clinton.
And it’s the reason that most of us who are or have been professional handlers of classified material were outraged at the FBI’s inaction with respect to Clinton.
So now, the CIA confirms what was suspected: the Russians took the information from Clinton’s intentionally unsecured server and did whatever they wanted with it. Did they cause Clinton to lose? Maybe. Maybe not.
I have one question: how is this Donald Trump’s fault? That's the way it's being spun. I suppose that the spin is yet another attempt at keeping the inauguration from happening.
And the attempts will continue until that day.
AFTERTHOUGHT: I'm old enough to remember when the Obama campaign website's webmasters disabled the country of origin code for credit card donations for two election cycles, in contravention of federal law, but I don't remember a big MSM uproar about that. (Thanks to Kim Crawford)
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